Whereas ye Selectmen have taken great care and
pains that all defects in the common
fence be repaired for the preservation of the meadows. The Town
does hereby order that all common fences that shall be found defective
after the 11th day of this instant the owner of
said fence shall pay as a fine to the use of the Town one shilling
per rod for one day and so
forward for every day till such defective fence shall be repaired.
Here followeth a record of the Bargain made with
Mr. Joseph Parsons about the Corn Mill:
1. That said Joseph Parsons doth those present
engage and oblige himself to build a good sufficient and substantial
corn mill within the precincts of the township of Deerfield and
set said mill upon that stream whereon the present sawmill now standeth
and said mill to be set up and fit to grind at or before the last
day of May, 1693.
2. That said Joseph Parsons is to take for his
toll for Grinding the Twelfth part of all grain except wheat and
Barley malt and only the fourteenth part of wheat and the eighteenth
part of Barley malt.
3. If said Joseph Parsons shall see cause (after
the mill is built and set up) to desert and leave it into the town's
hands he hath free liberty so to do. Or, if said mill shall by the
providence of God at any time be burnt down and said Joseph Parsons
nor his heirs shall see cause to rebuild it then he and they are
to leave and resign into the town's hands the place and whatsoever
is upon it of the Remainders of said mill as Iron stones and be
free from any further obligation . . .
4. The meaning of that is further that if he
shall leave or desert it yet then it doth and shall fall into the
Towns hands except in case of extraordinary providence as
the as the town's being driven out by an Enemy and it is not in
the interest of this agreement that any such advantage shall be
5. The Town of Deerfield do hereby grant unto
said Joseph Parsons and to his heirs the Stream aforesaid so long
as they shall maintain a corn mill upon it to do the town's work
as aforesaid that is to say when the owners of the present sawmill
shall let fall their works and throw up their privileges there.
In the meantime, said Joseph Parsons is to agree with the owners
of the saw mill about the stream.
6. That said Joseph Parsons or his heirs shall
not be rated for said mill for the defraying of any Town Charges.